Metro and tram services affected by drivers' overtime ban

There are cancellations to Metro and tram services due to a ban on overtime and shift swaps announced by the Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors JHL. Most Metro and tram drivers belong to JHL.

The ban means that, for example, services are cancelled if a Metro or tram driver is sick and there is no standby driver available. In addition, if there is no driver for the next service(s) on a route, the vehicle must be returned to depot and retrieved from the depot when a driver is available. This means that if one driver is missing, several services are affected.

The number of cancelled services varies daily depending on the availability of drivers. A service is cancelled if the driver is sick and there is no standby driver. This means that in most cases, the cancelled services are not known much in advance. The routes affected depend on what routes and services the driver who has taken ill was supposed to be driving.

Especially in the case of the Metro, services are operated on overtime hours because the demand for drivers has been higher than expected as the extended Metro services require more drivers than anticipated.

HKL is continuously training new drivers. A number of new drivers completed their training in January.

- At the moment, there are only few standby Metro drivers which means that there are cancellations because of the overtime ban, says Arttu Kuukankorpi, Director of Traffic Operations Unit at HKL.

HKL and HSL inform passengers about changes to services and about cancelled services via the HSL disruption information service. In addition, there are audio announcement at stations, if need be. HKL apologizes for the inconvenience caused to passengers.

JHL announced the overtime ban on last Thursday and the ban took effect on Monday 5 February at 6am. The ban will continue until further notice. The ban is related to municipal labor agreement talks.

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